Lavender Legacies Guide: Canada: Quebec

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Archives Gaies du Quebec
Location: 4067 boul. St-Laurent, suite 202
Montreal, QC H2W 1Y7
Address: C.P. 395, succursale Place du Parc
Montreal, QC H2W 2N9
Phone: (514) 287-9987
Contact: J. Prince
Internet address:
Hours: Thu: 7:30-9:30 pm and by appointment.
Wheelchair Access: yes
AGQ was founded in 1983 by Ross Higgins and Jacques Prince. The aims of the AGQ are to conserve, process and provide access to documents related to homosexuality and sexuality in general. While our collections are world-wide in scope, our primary focus is on material concerning lesbians and gays in Quebec. It is not associated with any other institution or organization.
Information about holdings
Manuscripts: 25+ collections
Organizational records: 15+ collections
Printed material: 600 books; 1000 periodical titles (300 ft.)
Clippings/vertical files: 8 ft. (500 vertical files)
Objects/ephemera: ca.500 items
Film/Video/Sound: 60 8 mm films, 30 videos, 200 sound tapes
Photographs: 40,000
Other holdings/notes: 2000 posters

Time periods/geographical regions documented:
Quebec and world wide since 1869, but the overwhelming majority of the collection is post-WW II.
Collecting interests
In any time period concerning queer history of Quebec. Kinds of materials: books, news clippings, magazine articles, periodicals, newsletters, pamphlets, flyers, etc.; archives of gay groups (minutes and other internal documents) and personal papers (student papers, literary drafts, correspondence, etc.); photographs, posters, drawings, films, videos, audio tapes, and records; buttons, match-book covers, banners, T-shirts, etc.
Use requirements
Anyone may view the collection during our open hours.
Research space, copying, exhibitions, reference assistance on site, telephone reference, Internet reference (email/web), and loan agreements for exhibits.

Other services/notes:
There are copying services near by.
Indices, finding aids, collection descriptions
There are finding aids to some of the manuscript and photo collections. We have notebooks with written descriptions of our periodical holdings. There is a guide to the collections in progress.
News about collections
There is an annual newsletter.

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